Human resource management is a vital function of any organization, at the nexus of business practice, psychology, and law. This one-of-a-kind and all-in-one print and online encyclopedia offers access to information on all manner of topics and issues related to the "people" side of business. Volume 1 covers an A-Z spectrum of all the key topics and issues related to human resource management, labor, and workplace policy. For professionals in human resource management, the Encyclopedia serves as a must-have reference. For students, researchers, and educators, it is a first stop on the way to more in-depth research.
This volume of The Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management consists of
approximately eighty-four defi nitional papers that discuss myriad topics in
a specifi c, yet comprehensive, approach of the body of knowledge related to
human resource management (HRM).
Readers of this volume will find in-depth research and discussions of specifi c
topics related to HRM. However, we should not become myopic in the study
of these defi nitions that we lose site of the bigger picture. All of what comes
together (defi nitions included) to become a comprehensive body of knowledge
of HRM should drive forward an agenda of progress for organizations that
implement such practices.
It is my opinion that “talent management” is the proverbial “stake in the ground”
around which all modern HRM action creates the greatest impact for organizations.
Thus, the fi rst article serves as a beacon of direction in moving HR practices
from a designated point toward a better educated sense of destination—and as a
worthy introduction for this volume of work.